Peter made a world out of plastic litter in 2012. Litter found (not searched for!) on the streets of Amsterdam.
Why? To show what all of us humans are doing with the real world. We humans “slowly” plasticise it. The Plastic Soup is only an appetizer!
Peter collected litter from the streets of Amsterdam. But during the building-proces he decided to use only the colored bottles (not the bags and bottles without color). Only 10% of the “waste” he collected could be used for this project.
The globe floated in the main river of Amsterdam ‘het IJ” from june 21th until september 21th 2012, the day the first Let’s Do It Clean up in the Netherlands was organised. Peter helped organising this day.
In 2013 the globe made a tour though the Netherlands. It started at the “Four Days of Nijmegen”. More than a million people watched it in the river Waal. It became a viral hit on Facebook, shared almost 5000 times.
It was also to be seen in Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Vlissingen and Terneuzen.
This Globe made almost everybody in the Netherlands aware of the fact plastic litter is an environmental problem. It is the main contributor to the Plastic Soup.
No environmental organisation was aware of this fact yet in 2012. The Dutch organisation “Nederland Schoon” (Dutch version of Keep Britain Tidy) did not mention the fact litter could end up in the Plastic Soup, Greenpeace did not mention it. Some environmental organisations even stated the opposite. E.g. The dutch organisation Milieu Centraal mentioned on their site: “Litter is no problem at all for the environment since it is structural cleared.”
This statue changed it all. The media-coverage is estimated to be worth € 500.000,–
It is probably the tallest statue made from litter in the world. Yes, there are taller statues made from garbage but none this big made from litter. Peter collected all the litter by himself. And he did it without effort! Here’s how he did it:
This movie has subtitles.
A lot of people made pictures of it:
The globe is lit from the inside at night.
Here I get a bottle from Rainer Nõlvak (Let’s do it Estonia)
And here a bottle from Denis Stark from Russia (Russian team of Let’s do it World).